Garden gifts for Christmas 2018

Our favourite gardening books of 2018

Looking ahead to 2019 in the garden industry

How to protect patio furniture this winter

Garden gifts for Christmas 2018

Okatsune Shears

It’s a cliche. But Christmas really has come around fast. Doesn’t seem like five minutes since the last one. Maybe because my family and I moved house in the summer, the year has just flown by. Too much to do and not enough time to do it seems to be my mantra at the moment. So, when it comes to Christmas presents, I’m not one of those that leaves it until Christmas Eve for a mad dash around the shops. Nor am I super organised with all my shopping done, wrapped and ready for the big day by the start of November. Nope, end of November and I’ll make a start, with the bulk of my shopping done online these days.

Our favourite gardening books of 2018

Lazy Susan’s favourite gardening books of 2018

I like to do this type of blog post at this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner, and all the books featured here make for a great gift for that beloved green-fingered someone in your life. I can’t remember if we posted our favourite books of 2017? I’d need to check but I’m pretty sure we did. We’ve definitely done several posts that have compiled some of our favourite home and garden books in the past. We have quite the library at Lazy HQ too, and the team and I are all avid readers. These books provide inspiration for everything from new product development to ideas for blog articles. Plus many of us are do-it-yourselfers and amateur gardeners, so its always nice if you can combine business with pleasure.

Looking ahead to 2019 in the garden industry

Looking ahead to 2019 in the garden industry

It is a big part of this blog, we like to look ahead, try and forecast what myself and the Lazy Susan team think will be the hot trends in the garden industry. We don’t always get things right, but I like to think that these articles will inspire somebody. Help them decide on their next piece of garden furniture. Plus our minds are always in that headspace. We are always working on new product development, looking to fine tune our collection, identify gaps, and most importantly predicting (at least trying our best) what the market want in 2 or 3 summers time.

How to protect patio furniture this winter

Lazy Susan Furniture Snow

Last month we looked at the importance of cleaning and maintenance of patio furniture come the end of summer. Getting it ready to put away safe and secure for the winter, and making sure it’ll be ready to use next year. I wanted to take that a step further. We touched on protecting your patio furniture but I wanted to follow up with a few more helpful tips. Provide a little more of our wisdom when it comes to ways to protect patio furniture over the next 6 months or so. 2018 feels like we pretty much skipped autumn to be honest with you. Gone straight from summer to winter. Last week we were up around the 16° mark, as I sit and type this article it has plummeted to below 5°.

Is our relationship with outdoor furniture changing?

Customer photograph of our Amber cast aluminium garden lounger in antique bronze

As Paul Weller once sang in The Style Council “the long hot summer just passed me by”. It certainly feels like a distant memory as I sit and type this article. The temperature has dropped and the weather forecast is filled with warnings of 14 day storms and 80mph winds. The start of Autumn may be upon us, however, one thing that does feel a little different, is that we’ve actually had a summer this year. A long hot summer at that I may add. A prolonged period of rain-free sunshine. And with all that great weather, it feels to me like there’s been something of a shift in our relationship with our outdoor furniture.

Lazy Susan charity work update

WaterAid

Donating to a good cause you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, it can be deeply rewarding. As a business, we have found that our charity work has had a positive impact on both staff and customers. In 2017 a survey of 1,100 people from the UK by Forresters identified that most consumers think businesses should support charities. And when faced with a choice between two companies offering products/services for the same price, 82% said their decision would be based on who engaged with charities and the local community. However, at Lazy Susan, we wanted this to be more than just some PR exercise. We really wanted to do some good, and that is why we aligned ourselves with charities that were close to our heart. Charities we believed in, and to which we felt some affinity.

Lazy Susan on ITV’s Love Your Garden

Donation to ITV's Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh

We were recently approached by ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ to see if we could donate garden furniture for an episode featuring a local lady who lives close to our head office. Betty, is a 90-year-old lady from Fareham, who is partially blind from macular degeneration, and spends her time volunteering to help others who suffer from the same disease. She can often be found abseiling to raise funds and awareness for the Fareham Macular Society. Yes, you read the right, abseiling at 90, simply incredible. Betty is one remarkable lady!

Warehouse Clearance Sale

Lucy Antique Bronze 4 seater set

Not only have the temperatures been high this summer but they’re also rising on our high streets and in our online stores. The summer sales are currently in full swing. Nothing beats the feeling of grabbing a bargain. Especially when said item initially had a big ticket and was out of reach. If you can get that new garden furniture set you’ve had your eye on at a discount, then happy days. But don’t fall into the trap of buying something just because it has that tempting reduced tag. Here’s a few tips, so you can get the most out of the summer sales.

New Lazy Susan furniture for summer 2018

Jill Garden Table with April Chairs in Slate Grey

Product development is the life-blood of most businesses. More so in an industry so heavily driven by fashion, the latest home and garden trends. Customers demand it. We need it. Without new products, Lazy Susan furniture would simply wither on the vine, finding ourselves left behind by our many competitors. And whilst the design of many of the pieces in our collection would be best described as classically styled, timeless pieces that won’t go out of date if you like, we’ve chosen to innovate in other ways.

Send us your garden furniture photographs

Charity: Water Feature Image

Technically, it is still Spring, however, the temperatures have felt more like Summer at times. Long may it continue. And while the weather is good, it is the perfect time to send us more of your Lazy Susan garden furniture photographs! We’ve had some great weather of late, the forecast is looking good this weekend, and I know many of you will be out in your gardens making the most of it. Maybe you’ve got a Royal Wedding party or BBQ planned? Our Do Some Good charity campaign is still going strong in 2018, and with every set of pictures you send, we’re helping people in need. Take some pictures and share them with us on Facebook with the tag @LazySusanFurniture or email them to us direct at [email protected]